Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has called on the Premier League to look into the scheduling of matches of clubs playing in European competitions.
Chelsea will play West Ham at the London Stadium today with less than just 48 hours to prepare for the game after the Blues arrived London on Friday afternoon. The team couldn’t leave Greece on Thursday night because of adverse weather conditions and had their flight moved to Friday afternoon.
Sarri is surprised at the Premier League’s decision to have Chelsea compete in the first game on Sunday despite playing in Europe. Arsenal’s game against Everton will come up after Chelsea’s game against West Ham despite Arsenal playing at home in the Europa League.
Sarri revealed in Italy, Chelsea’s game would have been moved to Monday night and has urged the Premier League to learn from their Serie A counterparts.
“For an English team, it is very difficult to play in the Europa League with the Premier League rules,” Sarri said. “In Italy, it is different.
“In Italy, after this match, we would play for sure on Monday night. If you play in the Europa League away, you can ask to play on the Monday night. I think this is right.
“In England we cannot ask this. It’s not so easy. If you want to be competitive in Europe, I think this is right. I think the club have to ask for this.
“In this moment, maybe it is not a great problem because we have played only six matches. Maybe in two, three or four months it will be a problem.
“I hope to be in the Europa League in three or four months. Maybe I have to rest many players on Thursdays.”